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Views of Emergency Medicine Trainees on Adverse Events and Negligence: Survey Results from an Emergency Medicine Training Program in a Regional Health Care System Following the National Standard

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Objective: Little is known about the awareness, understanding, and attitudes of emergency medicine (EM) trainees regarding the medicolegal aspects of adverse events statewide. Investigators evaluated EM trainees ’ perception of adverse events and medical negligence in Rhode Island. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted during a randomly selected EM trainee conference. EM trainees rotated in a 966-bed health care system with annual adult and pediatric ED census of over 190,000 patients. Results: Of 28 EM trainees, 17 (61 percent sample; 35 percent target population) participated in the questionnaire assessment. Twothirds of respondents indicated that health professionals not working together or not communicating as a team were very important causes of adverse events; 12 of 16 respondents properly defined negligence; 5 respondents were able to provide an appropriate example of an adverse event due to negligence. Conclusion: EM trainees are cognizant of adverse events and their causes and perceive medical negligence as a significant problem

Year: 2010
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